“Exodus” is a novel built around numerous passionate attempts by Jewish zealots to establish a homeland for themselves – “Israel”. The title “Exodus” refers to the movement/immigration of Jewish community across the world to “Israel”
Leon Uris has been able to bring out the travesty faced by the Jewish community during the World War II and also offers insights into political stage during the era. The author has also spent considerable time in describing the concepts of Kibbutz (Collective farms of Jewish Community) and formation of Haganah (self defense army of Jewish community) which are indicative of the immense research work put behind the novel.
The story revolves around a few characters like Ari, Kitty, Karen and Dov. The characters of the story are quiet serious and is in line with the seriousness of the subject of the story. Leon has successfully tied the determination of these characters to establish Jewish nation with their past lives, which enables the reader to empathize with the mindset of the characters.
The story never deviates from the underlying theme of the story “Creation of Israel”; moreover the last hundred pages of the novel only describe the fighting, killing, murder and victory, which can be drab at times to the reader.
The language is simple and is easy to read. I will recommend the novel to serious readers only, especially ones interested in learning the story of Israel and the state of Jewish Community during World War II. For the light readers, the movie “Exodus” based on the novel is a good alternative. The novel is an excellent work of bringing together fiction and real events of the past and hence I award a rating of 3.5 on a scale of 5.
P.S: If you are interested in learning about state of Jewish Community and the travesty that befell them during World War II, “Diary of a Young Girl” is highly recommended.